Volunteers and biologists along the river between Bolivia and Brazil released one million Amazon River turtles in effort to rescue the species. The turtles are threatened with flooding of their nesting grounds caused by climate changes and poaching by humans for their meat and eggs. The two countries are working together to reverse the tide. "Today in the Guapore or Iténez River, we have a binational project for the protection and conservation of the species, especially the Amazon River turtle," said Camila Ferrara, supervisor for the World Wildlife Fund in the region. To further aid in the effort, local authorities have demarcated stretches of riverbanks where the turtles can safely reproduce. Bans on their consumption have also been enacted with alternative sources of food made available.

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